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Tickets on sale for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Tickets are now on sale for our spring 2018 show:  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Book by Rachel Sheinkin, music and lyrics by William Finn, and conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Additional material by Jay Reiss, originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, and originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, and Second Stage Theatre.

Performances are Fridays-Sundays, April  27-28-29 and May 4-5-6, 2018.  Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM.

One of the performances will be the Adult Night at the Bee.  At which naughty words are spelled or misspelled, so admission is only for ages 18 and older.  All other performances are appropriate for all ages including children.

Performances take place at the American Legion Post, 44 Taylor Street in Saugus.

See our The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee page for more info about the show – including a full list of the cast.

See our Tickets page to purchase or reserve seats.

See our Directions page for how to get to the venue.

Spelling Bee verbiage only

Almost, Maine Work Sessions

We have several work sessions coming up for which we could use your help.

  • Saturday 3 February 2018, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  We will continue the cleaning and reorganization of our costumes and props storage room.  At Central Storage  /  222 Central Street  /  Saugus, MA  01906.  In the upstairs room #372.  We will also sort through our scenery in our downstairs room #109, getting stuff ready for the Almost, Maine load-in.
  • Monday 5 February 2018, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Load-In and Set Assembly for Almost, Maine.  We will transport set pieces from Central Storage to the American Legion  /  44 Taylor Street  /  Saugus.  Then we will assemble the set platforms and flats.  Your help is especially needed if you have a truck or van or a car with a roof rack.  Bring construction tools.
  • Tuesday 6 February and Friday 9 February, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Continue work on set construction, set painting, and hanging the lights.  At the American Legion.

If you would like to volunteer, or have questions, contact us at or 781-816-7019.  Thank you!

Need artistic staff for Spelling Bee

We have changed the plan for the spring musical.  We will be doing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Performance dates are currently scheduled for the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May 2018.

We are in need of the artistic and technical staff for the show.  We need a Director, Choreographer, Musical Director, Technical Director, Stage Manager, and Producer.

If you are interested in any of these jobs, please send a letter of interested with theatrical resume to us at  Interviews will be scheduled in the next few months.

TCS Performs at Saugus Founders Day 2017

Founders Day is the annual street fair held in front of the Saugus Town Hall.  This year it is on this Saturday 9 September 2017.
Don’t miss out on this amazing Saugus tradition.  There will be food booths,
vendors, informational booths with raffles, prizes, and give-aways!
Fun area for the children includes:  Games & Prizes, Sand Art, Inflatables,
a Bounce House, Face Painting, Craft Areas, Photo Booth, & Superhero Pictures.
TCS will have an information table set up in front of Town Hall.  We will be offering raffles and discounts on tickets.  Founders Day Only Special Discount on Tickets to Jack the Ripper!  Visit us!
There will a performance by TCS at 2:30 PM on the front steps of Town Hall.  Featuring musical selections from several recent and upcoming shows.  Come and watch to relieve some great moments on stage, or to preview what’s next!
  • Nunsense II – The Second Coming, from June 2017
  • Honk! Jr. – Youth Theatre Workshop, from July 2017
  • Jack the Ripper:  The Whitechapel Musical, coming in October 2017
  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, coming in Spring 2018
We can use some help working at the TCS table, setting it up, passing out flyers, etc.  If you want to volunteer please contact us at

TCS Wins DASH Awards 2017

Once again Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) has been honored with multiple DASH nominations.  And this year we came up with two Awards!

DASH is like the local Tony awards, “Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors”, offered by the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT).  Reviewers watch performances of each show and make detailed ratings of all aspects.  Those with the highest ratings are nominated.  There were 192 shows this season.

Three nominations were earned by the TCS production of Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon, directed by Ryan Began, presented in February 2017.

  • Supporting Actress in a Play – Angela Rossi as Bella
  • Youth Actor or Actress in a Play – Zack Perry as Arty
  • Youth Actor or Actress in a Play – James Cormier as Jay

And the winner was Zack Perry!

The DASH program also offers Consultants’ Choice Awards, for especially creative work that doesn’t fit into any of the usual categories.  TCS won one of these:

  • Bobby Imperato for Fight Choreography in Heathers the Musical, which TCS presented in October 2016.

In addition, several TCS members were winners or nominees for shows done by other companies:

  • James Murphy won for Musical Direction of Big Fish at The Umbrella
  • Also nominated for Musical Direction were:
    • Steven Bergman for Sunset Boulevard at Arlington Friends of the Drama
    • Shawn Gelzleichter for Little Shop of Horrors at the Footlight Club
  • Samantha Brior-Jones won for Choreography of Young Frankenstein at the Norton Singers
  • Jason Hair-Wynn won for Best Actor in a Play for Extremities at Acme

The nominations were announced on a webcast on 19 July 2017.  The trophies were awarded at the annual EMACT DASH Gala, which was on Saturday 26 August, at Cary Hall in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Congratulations to all!  A complete list of nominees and winners is at:

Jack the Ripper

Theatre Company of Saugus is excited to announce our Fall 2017 show:  Jack the Ripper, The Whitechapel Musical.  Featuring grand musical numbers and desperate ballads, in addition to grisly murders, the show is perfect for the Halloween season!

This sung-through show has music and lyrics by Steven Bergman, with book and lyrics by Christopher-Michael DiGrazia.  Both artists are local to the Boston area.  The show has received high acclaim in past performances, and TCS is privileged to join the companies that have presented this excellent show.

We are also excited to announce that the co-musical directors for this production will be the composer, Steven Bergman, along with Anthony Sacco, who was the brilliant musical director for three TCS shows over the past year, Urinetown, Heathers, and the Mis-Cast Cabaret.

We have designated Kathleen Tringale as the Stage Director, and Nick Raponi as the technical director.

The proposed performances dates for Jack the Ripper have been changed somewhat from our first announcement.  We will still do eight performances, but over two weekends, not three.  Performances will be:  October 19-20-21-22, 26-27-28-29, 2017.  Auditions will be July 30 and August 1, 2017.  Check for more info on our Auditions page.  The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be the American Legion in Saugus.

There are roles for about 5 women (prostitutes and victims) of various ages, plus the title role, police inspector, a doctor, and the townspeople of Whitechapel, who frequently comment on the action.  Also, the tale is guided by three “Gentleman of the Press” who act as active narrators throughout this murderous legend.

Massachusetts High School Drama Festival State Finalists 2017

Every year the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild holds a high school drama festival competition.  Most schools participate, sometimes advancing through first and second rounds to the state finals, held every year in Boston at John Hancock Hall.  This year the state finals were held March 30 to April 1, 2017, including shows from 14 schools out of the original 112.  This year was unusual because several schools had contributions from various Theatre Company of Saugus members.

Saugus High School brought their production of The Giver, directed by Steve Black, and featuring William Fafard Jr. in a leading role.  Also in the cast were Abbie Petipas and Toni Turilli.  Autumn Dion was the costumer, and earned an award; she also designed the hair and makeup.  Antonio Masiello was the stage manager, and the set and lighting designer.

Stoneham High School brought their production of Kindertransport.  It was directed by Sean Perry, who has been in three TCS shows over the past year.  Matthew Sherman was the dialect consultant.  Eddie and Robert Pizzano were on staff or in the show.

Winthrop High School presented Antigone.  Nicholas Raponi and Stephen Vieira provided technical support.  Winthrop was one of the three state festival winners.

St. John’s Preparatory School brought The Quest of Queen Thomas.  This show was written by Brit Christopher, who appeared in our Miscast Cabaret in December.  St. John’s was also a state festival winner.

The third state festival winner was Joseph Case High School in Swansea, Mass. and their production of Scenes from the White Snake.  Some of the winners went on to the New England festival in April.